SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
gm Bruzon (by Fred Lucas)
Cuba’s Bruzon is having a good tournament. In the 9th round he crushed the European Champion Potkin with the Black pieces when the latter’s sense of danger completely betrayed him. Bruzon crashed thru on the Kingside with a brutal Queen move:
POSITION AFTER 23 MOVES:
Black stands a bit better. His Knight is more active (and dangerous!) than the White Bishop. At the same time, the open a-file and c-file will require some attention should Black want to penetrate into the White camp. Not withstanding these observations, White is quite solid and Black has no immediate threats.
Correct now is 24.Qb3!, planning to play 25.f3 should Black play 24…Ng5. INSTEAD, Potkin overestimated the …Ng5 idea and unnecessarily weakens himself.
Bruzon does not need to be asked twice to put his rook on the 7th rank!
White must have completely overlooked Bruzon’s next move
27. Kg1 Rcc2
Black has some pretty impressive firepower in play!
POSITION AFTER 20 MOVES:
Ofcourse White is completely winning! His attack on the Kingside can not be stopped as the Black pieces are all stuck over on the other side of the board. And Black must never take the Knight on f5 as he will surely get mated in a couple of moves.
BUT what the sadist in me really finds appealing about the finish is how Black is forced , after the next move, to make the last move he would have wanted to make!
Threatening to just take the Knight off!
The only move to avoid losing immediately
Threatening mate in 2 moves starting with Nf6-ch. Black’s next is forced as 22…gf5 goes off to 23.Qf3 with a quick mate.
The Knight can still not be taken and taking the Bishop on d5 allows 24.Nf6
Now is the time to throw in the towel, but nobody wants to resign in 25 moves!